For Spring 2014, designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco aimed to reclaim sportswear as their own after years of being pigeonholed by the media as "that brand Jennifer Aniston likes." "The basis of our collection has always been sportswear," said Franco backstage before the show.
While they haven't forgotten about the red carpet altogether—if you're going to have an unintentional spokesmodel, Aniston is definitely not a terrible one—the focus on the runway was daywear. The designers were occupied by the idea of clothes as an almost second skin, the armor of an "urban huntress." For instance, a white wrap skirt was paired with a white bra top, its long ends bandaged around the model's waist. An off-the-shoulder sheath in neon red was also strategically bandaged, revealing slivers of skin here and there. And a short white shift was held together at the neckline by a sturdy but not heavy-looking harness. The look was chic but also strong.
On the more daring side, the designers showed a "paratrooper" jumpsuit in both red and white. The style, done in a loose silk sheeting and gathered at the neckline in a halter, looked more like a gown than a onesie. And it worked.
Stylist Kate Young's clean and easy approach to fashion brought the runway up a notch from previous seasons. And it sure didn't hurt that Alessandra Ambrosio opened and closed the show. Her mix of commercial sex appeal and high-fashion prowess is a good look for the brand.